Marincello Unsoundwalk: a brief illustrated map and guide to what is not surrounding the Miwok Trail
by Aaron Ximm
Constructed from materials held in the archives of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
An art book instructions for a self-guided walking tour of the proposed site of Marincello, a planned community never built in the Rodeo Valley of the Marin Headlands just north of San Francisco.
The book documents the planned and initiated constructions of the project in the early 1960s, and its ultimately successful opposition by local residents.
The book frames the story of Marincello as a contest between competing incompatible grand visions of civic space, wildness, and habitation. One held by developer Thomas Frouge, the other by Marin artist Katharine Frankforter.
The book is double-fronted: using it as a guide, one ascends trails in the Rodeo Valley along what would have been major roads within the development, considering at many stops what might have been, and imaging the soundscape which would have been present; then flips the books, and descends, stopping again at each site to record the soundscape actually heard in present day.
The book is a catalyst: it is only through actually walking, and recording one's impressions, that the project is realized.
In 2009 through 2011, author Aaron Ximm led guided tours of the Headlands using this book as a guide.
This book was available via on-demand publisher Lulu.com, until changes in the formats the company printed in made the work unprintable.